Desvenlafaxine is a medication often prescribed for the treatment of depression. It is an extended-release tablet that only needs to be taken once a day. By acting on certain chemicals in the brain (serotonin and norepinephrine), it can help improve the symptoms of depression. While most people tolerate the medicine well, potential side effects include nausea, dizziness, and insomnia.
What Is Desvenlafaxine?
Desvenlafaxine succinate (Pristiq®) is a prescription medication used to treat depression. It comes in an extended-release tablet, meaning the medicine is released slowly into your body over time. Because desvenlafaxine is long-acting, it is taken just once a day.
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